Hamilton Students for Justice, formerly known as HWDSB Kids Need Help, is a group of former and current Hamilton students. We act as an advocacy body for students and families experiencing discrimination and injustices that are not being addressed by educational institutions. We operate within an anti-racist, anti-capitalist, anti-colonialist, anti-oppressive, and revolutionary framework. We practice this by sharing our resources, knowledge, and power.  

(Image Description: Three Black and racialized youth walk down Main Street during a rally.)

A video celebrating HS4J’s victory on June 22nd, when the Police Liaison Program was terminated in the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board.

Our Mission

  • Empower and support student organizers 
  • Hold educational institutions accountable for anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism, Islamophobia, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of oppression
  • Abolish all programs that put police in Hamilton schools 
  • Form an Ontario-wide coalition of student organizers 
  • Equip students with the resources and knowledge to organize in their school boards and advocate against discrimination 

Our Vision

  • Expand student-run justice initiatives across Ontario
  • Ensure that all students have access to justice and advocacy in the school system
  • Ensure that student voices are heard, respected, and represented in a safe environment
  • Mobilize for police-free schools across Ontario  
  • Broaden our vision of student justice

“Police-free schools are just one step toward a safer community. The ultimate goal of this work is abolition. It is a world without prisons, which serve to separate people from their communities and create generational trauma. It is a world without policing, which acts as a tool of the state to surveil and criminalize Black and Indigenous peoples. It is a world without capitalism: a system that pits us against one another, and forces us to leave one another behind. It is reimagining from its roots a system that will care for every person in our society.”

Hamilton Students for Justice Statement